Saturday, January 31, 2015


Dante's out on the vast expanses of the Arctic tundra.

 It's white for as far as he can see.

Brrrrr!  It sure is cold out there!  Even Dante's lips are frozen.

"O well, at least being FROZEN is good for a LAFF!", says Dante's friend O-LAFF.

Dante's just too cold to speak.

Friday, January 30, 2015


Dante is at home in any winter landscape ...

 ... amongst the trees in the back yard with all his birdy friends ...

... in the woods by a snowy winter stream ...

... opining amongst the pines to whoever will listen ...


 ... communing with blue jays ...

 ... specifically getting to the point about the great outdoors ...

... or getting down with winter in general!

To sum it all up, Dante takes a global view of winter!

Sunday, January 25, 2015


Dante has resorted to taking a powder in the snowbank outside our house.

To Dante, the outdoors is one big powder room; winter, fall, summer and spring!

Unfortunately, not efurryone is a big snow biz fan -- although they may actually need one to clear the air after Dante's finale!

Saturday, January 24, 2015


This is Dante wearing his new sweater.  I had ordered it before Christmas, but it only arrived in time for his birthday on January 15th.  So these are actually birthday pix.

The sweater is mostly gray with a bright red ribbed collar.  It has a coordinating applique on the back which we will reveal in the last picture posted.

 The sweater is comfy around the neck, very roomy overall, and just the right length.  Not too big, and not too small.

This means that Dante is happy to wear the sweater, especially since it covers his hips which are his problem area.

 You can see Dante's happy face, here, as he nonchalantly shows it off!

"Atta boy!!!"

Finally Dante's had enough of modelling, at least outdoors, so he's letting his wishes be known.

 "C'mon Mama -- let me in, willya, pretteh pleez?"

At that I turned towards the front door, only hesitating a moment to take one last shot of the reindeer on the back of Dante's sweater.

He's such a 'deer boy', after all.

"That's OK, Dante -- you deserve a break."

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Today, Dante has become a teenager.  This is his thirteenth birthday!

Here he is in his birthday crown sitting on his outdoor throne befitting his Kingly status.  The years have not dimmed his beauty one iota.  Dante is still the hottest mancat in the blogosphere!

Hip, hip hooray!  Hip, hip hooray!

"Oh, an' speakin' of hips, I cud use a noo wun", says Dante.  "My old wun has Arthuritis."

Note:  'Arthuritis' (named after King Arthur) is the arthritis of Kings.

If it was within my power, I'd wave my magic wand and get you a hip replacement, Dante, but unfortunately it's not (within my power, that is).  But I can give you my mystical healing hands treatment.  That always makes you feel better for a while!

So, let's all send our healing powers Dante's way so he can have a sprightly 13th birthday.

Now, just relax, Dante, and let all those healing powers sink in.   
"Ahhhhhh!  Dat's much bettah!"

"OK, Sascha, c'mon -- let's dance!!!"


Monday, January 5, 2015


Dante went out in the woods when it was still dark, but he knew it wouldn't be long until dawn.

 While he waited for the sun to rise, he enjoyed the mild temperatures amid the newly fallen snow.

 At first light, two chickadees appeared and nestled in amongst the branches of a birch tree quite close to him.

Before he knew it, he was totally surrounded by birdies.  These ones were beautifully coloured bullfinches.

And then the most gorgeous of all, Mr. Cardinal, came into Dante's sites.

Dante sighed.  It was truly a birdwatcher's dream!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2015


 Dante is looking forward to seeing ...

... the New Year unwind!